The culinary world is mourning the days of Fuller Goldsmith, winner of Food Network’s “Chopped Jr.” and “Top Chef Jr.”
The Alabama native died of cancer at age 17, the construction company Magical Elves Announced Wednesday.
“We were devastated after hearing about the loss of our ‘Top Chef Junior’ alum, Fuller Goldsmith,” the company wrote on Instagram. “He’s an incredible chef and the most powerful kid we’ve ever met. From the moment he introduced us, we knew he would influence everyone around him and be a positive force in the culinary world.
“Top Chef Jr.” host Vanessa Lachey commented on the production company’s post, “We all love Fuller so much! And we will never forget his infectious laugh, laugh and butter tricks. We send so much love to his family. We will never forget you!”
Southern Ale House Restaurant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Goldsmith worked as an assistant to the chef, confirmed his death.
“Our collective hearts are broken. The SAH family has lost our most beloved and respected Fuller Goldsmith today,” The Post said. “From the age of four, for the last few days of 17 years, Fuller fought bravely against cancer. Fuller lived to make delicious dishes and big brother Brett Garner became our executive chef. Helped prepare.
The post continued: “We will miss his presence, his laugh, his laugh, his humor back and forth with Brett and the pain and suffering of the terrible disease. He will be missed but will be forever remembered. Thank you. He made all of us good people. “
Goldsmith was a student at Tuscaloosa Academy and battled leukemia from the age of 4 on four separate occasions.
In February, Goldsmith Disclosed on social media He is undergoing radiation for the fifth time. “Unfortunately the news about the tumor was not what I was expecting. The same leukemia is back. I plan to start proton radiation at UAB as soon as possible …. hopefully in the next two weeks. , ”He wrote at the time.
At age 14, Goldsmith appeared in “Cutting Jr.” He won the competition and eventually donated his $ 10,000 cash prize to the Department of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
In 2018, celebrity chef and Goldsmith’s personal leader Guy Fieri surprised the Stagecoach music festival. Fieri gave the young chef some encouraging words after he had to leave “Top Chef Jr.” because of his health According to Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s amazing what you’ve already accomplished in your life,” Fieri said. “You don’t give up … you have to believe, you have to believe, you have to go, you have to fight hard, and it’s not easy.”